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Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 8:00pm EDT
dozens of pro-russia activists, many in a clash. today the city held visuals to commemorate the dead. at this hour ukraine inches closer to civil war. the military is stepping up its offensive. the conflict is spreading to other parts of the country. paul brennan has the latest from the eastern city of konstantinovka. >> reporter: burning cars and dabry were evidence of what looked like a day of fighting between ukranian soldiers and pro-russian separatists. vehicles and tyres became barricades, set alike to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> there's a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and fighters. people who were going to work were insecured jurd. there were a lot of injured and dead. shooting at buildings. >> a stockpile of petrol bombs were at hand. it didn't stop the vaps of vehicles, nor did the angry chants of residents. check points are controlling traffic in and out. >> not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of o.s.c. observers made it through. on a road side north of donetsk they embraced freedom w
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 6:00pm EDT
ukrainian soldiers and pro-russia separatists. vehicles and tires have become makeshift barricades set alight to try to keep the government troops at bay. >> translator: there are a lot of victims from both sides, from the civilians and the fighters at the checkpoint. people are simply going to work were injured. there were a lot of injured and a lot of dead. they were shooting at buildings from the tanks for about half an hour. >> a stockpile of petrol bombs was on hand to throw at soldiers who came near. it didn't stop the advance of armored vehicles nor did the angry chant did of residents. checkpoints are now controlling traffic in and out. but not all traffic has been halted. after eight days in captivity, a convoy carrying a team of osce observers did make it through. they embraced freedom with an over powering sense of relief. a carefully coregraved happenedover. >> you can't imagine. it's happiness, deep relief. the situation was really tough the last two nights as we saw the situation developing every minute gets longer. and finally, with the cooperation of all of the key pla
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 1:00pm EDT
of the leader. now he's sending airplanes there and that is a threat to eastern ukraine. russia is not a calming force in ukraine. >> how different is this from the other a countrys that we have seen this happening like georgia? >> it is different than georgia in a key way, that is often overlooked. in 2008, the regions had not be under a meaningful sovereignty for over a decade. that is not true in eastern decade. >> this is meaningful? >> this is more meanful and more aggressive efforts. this forces went into russia in 2008. this is a more and lasted much longer in ukraine, this is a more serious and dangerous situation. >> coming back to this, how did kiev lose control of the strong holds and what can they do to regain the control? >> kiev, i'm not sure used that language, you have had a very divided population in ukraine, and you have had weak institutions that can't bring a divided country today. we have division in the united states too. but our institutions reasonably well to keep it together. that is not happening in ukraine. following the ousting or the democratic revolution in february
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 12:00pm EDT
>> observes are freed in the eastern ukraine as kiev is continuing the offensive against russia offenses. you shall watching al jazeera live from the headquarters. more than 2,000 are feared dead after a landslide in african. >> no release for the al jazeera a journalists being held in e gyp. a former child soldier goes home. >> we begin in ukraine where a second day of military action is underway as a government in kiev is trying to take about the strong holds in the east. pro russian groups are asking to protect the civilians. they have freed 7 military observes taken hostage over a week ago. >> on a roadside they embraced freedom with a sense of relief, a handover bringing the end, 8 day captivity of the observers. >> you can't imagine, it is happiness. deep relief. the situation was really tough. the last two nights as we saw the situation developing, every minute gets longer and finally with the cooperation of all of the key players went perfectly. thank you very uch many -- much. >> the men looked tired and the nerves were obvious to see. they had been obtained. the releas
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 11:30am EDT
to counterdemonstrations that pulled down the government of viktor yanukovych to a creeping russia, to the eruption of protests across eastern ukraine, to what we have today, a situation inching closer to all-out fighting to russian alined irregular forces and ukranian military forces. as uptions and storming the buildings spread, the kiev government threatened retaliation and publicly acknowledged it lost before the fighting began. when the ukrainian government fought back, russia, a foreign country, warned ukraine about trying to reoccupy its open government buildings on its own soil. the tempo of fighting is increasing and people continue to die. >> reporter: pro-russian forces brought down two military helicopters in slovyansk - one using a sophisticated surface-to-air missile. this man is said to be a survivor. two other helicopter crew members were killed, along with a pro-russian militiaman. it was the first sign of the kiev government's counteroffensive to reclaim the eastern part of the country. >>. >> operations are ongoing, casualties mounting as an offensive against the pro-russian insu
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 10:00am EDT
and angela merkel displayed a voice of unity against russia. >> you got 28 countries and some are more vulnerable than others to potential russian retaliation and we have to take those into account. not every country is going to be in exactly the same place. but what has been remarkable is the degree to which all countries agree that russian russian -- -- russia has violated international law, violated the territorial integrity of a country in europe and there has to be consequences for that. >> joining us. >> stockholm i stok owners joining us in stockholm, prime minister, these big clashes in odessa had killed and injured a series of people on friday, but now this fire has reportedly killed dozens in a building that may have been a base for pro-russian be forces. what he would do if ethnic russians suffer in ukraine. how concerned are you now about this? >> what i'm concerned by the continued escalation that we see, an escalation of the destabilization activities, first we saw them in the east, slovyansk people have been killed, a helicopter was shot down earlier today, a ukrainian o
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 7:00am EDT
. max im, good morning to you. odessa has been pro-russia, why are things coming to a head now? is this in response to conflicts elsewhere or have things always been this tense? >> what we see now is two hot spots in ukraine. eastern ukraine with an anti-terrorist operation that is being pursued in the east with an active battle going on on the outskirts of slovyansk. of course, top attention right now is on odessa, with that horrific day yesterday when we saw the deadly clashes. the death toll continues to climb, and right now we know of 46 dead. but a lot of injured people are still being treated in hospitals. >> max im, you mentioned the active battle happening in odessa and the conflicts. where is the conflict headed and what message does it send to other areas of ukraine. >> i think right now russia is trying actively to pursue the scenario to stablilize the situation in eastern ukraine. despite the public talks and statements from russian foreign minister or officials. what we have on the ground is that rush job operators are working there and the main goal is to get the
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 6:00am EDT
casualties. russia today, the creme line official tv station is reporting 10 casualties in the operation. no word from the ukranian official side as to casualties from the official side at least. >> thank you very much. brep live in -- paul brennan live in donetsk. >>> russia condemns ukraine over what it calls kiev's criminal use of force after the death of activists in the black sea city of odessa. 31 were killed, more than 100 arrested. the southern port of the odessa is far from where the fighting is taking place in don esque, where paul brennan has been reporting from. hoda abdel-hamid reports. >> reporter: the trade union building was set on fire after a day of clashes between pro-russian and pro-unity demonstrators, carrying the blue and yellow flag of ukraine. the intensity of the smoke sends some jumping for their lives, out of windows of dozens of others died suffocating. the building had been the headquarters of pro-russian protesters for over a month. ukranian police had been deployed earlier in the day. they were unable to restrain either side. >> the clashes underlined the
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 5:00am EDT
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Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 4:00am EDT
. the elevated warnings from u.s. to russia to stand down. also tonight: the search for relisha. the search for her disappearance. one man's call on the air waves, that relisha is somewhere out there, waiting to come home. >> i saw her picture and it warms my heart. >> and chest pique bay. >> i've worked these waters for 40 years and i've seen a lot of changes not any of them good. >> a new challenges challenge. >> good evening everyone, joie chen is on assignment, i'm adam may. >> ukraine, southern port city of odessa, the deadliest day in ukraine, since the ousting of you viktor yanukovych. an attempt to reclaim eastern cities from pro-russian separatists. >> as forces battle to regain erin ukraine territory, more are dead and the region is further engulfed had flames. riot police overwhelmed in donetske, fell back, letting a pro-russian mob take over the office of the state prosecutor. moscow claims these are ordinary activists. kyiv charges at the very least, russia is pulling the strings, and some of those in the back are be russians, is at least two ukrainian helicopters were shot dow
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 3:00am EDT
there. the other thing is that russia, the kremlin backed channel, the 10 residents were killed during the operation to take back control of that tv tower - obviously we have no independent corroboration of that before, that's what russia today is saying this morning. >> the interior minister said he will not stop. what do you think he means by that. >> well, i think - listen, he's something of a maverick. he makes official statements via facebook rather than the official ministry website. i think his sentiment is expressing what is in line with the ukranian kiev government has been saying for days. i came from kiev yesterday. the acting president there, mr oleksandr turchynov was insisting that the cheest would not be a -- east would not be allowed to slip away. he introduced conscription for 18-25-year-olds across ukraine. they could be getting september out as early as monday next week. there's a determination in ukraine and in kiev in particular, of course, that the east of ukraine is not just going to be allowed to be taken over by what kiev says are professional mercenaries, dire
Al Jazeera America
May 3, 2014 2:00am EDT
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Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 11:00pm EDT
by side in the rose garden and spoke with one voice threatening broader sanctions against russia if it continues to foment violence in ukraine. >> if in fact we see the disruptions and the destabilizations continuing so severely that it impedes elections on may 25th we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional more severe sanction he. >> translator: i agree with the american president that they are not an end in itself, but combined with an offer that we want diplomatic solutions it is a very necessary second component to show that we're serious, serious about our principles. >> what form sanctions would take is still in question. president obama has pressed european leaders to press sectors. >> energy flows from russia to europe, those continued even in the midst of the cold war. at the height of the cold war. so the idea that you are going to turn off the tap on all the russian oil or natural gas exports i think is unrealistic. >> reporter: president obama said sectorsto could hit lines of trade. the two being leaders had their first meetings in almost two
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 8:00pm EDT
the russian border at a dangerous new level. russia warns of consequences. >> we are right in the city and they don't even know how to find us. >> the brazen group, behind the attacks and kidnapping of african schoolchildren. >>> lethal respiratory virus spreading through the middle east. >> the egyptian wonders of the world. >> and celebrating a decade of singing in new orleans. >> and ukraine a country out of control. the military launched a new offensive against pro-russian forces in the east. between those that support the ukraine governments and those who want to join russia. we go to the port city of odessa. homa hamid reports. >> the trade union building was set on fire after a day of violent flashes between pro-russian and prounity fighters, the intensity of their smoke sent some jumping for their lives out their windows. dozens of others died suffocating. ukrainian police had been deployed earlier in the day but were unable orestrain either side. the clashes in o odessa underlie the problems that face the interim government. ukrainian forces launched a new offensive in the so-
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 7:00pm EDT
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Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 6:00pm EDT
and threaten russia with more sanctions. >>> in afghanistan, a landslide burst thousands,. >>> and the economy is gaining steam. the unemployment rate drops to its lowest level in six years. the conflict in ukraine is getting worse. today the ukrainian army launched a preemptive attack on the eastern part of the country. those forces however armed with rocket launchers aimed an shooting down two helicopter pilots. when prowrg prowrgs pro-russian. >> purports to show what the residents are slovyansk and the pro-russian procrastinates who made the eastern city their base woke to at dawn. the ukrainian army launched what it described as a large scale antiterrorist operation. the apparent objective for now not to overrun the city but to form a blockade around it. some separatists said they were ready to fight. >>> i will fight with whatever i have, if not a rifle then i will fight with my hands and strangle them so they won't mess with my lands. >>> sophisticated surface to air missiles, something the government in kyiv points to as evidence of russian involvement on the ground. >>> this man is sa
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 5:30pm EDT
, step up and threaten russia with more sanctions. >>> in afghanistan, a landslide burst
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 4:00pm EDT
obama and angela merkel project unity on ukraine and threaten russia with sanctions. >>> mother nature strikes again, this time a massive mudslide in afghanistan - the death toll in the thousands. >>> the u.s. economy is gaping momentum, >>> this has been a day of violent conflict in ukraine. fighting broke out in the eastern part of the country as the ukranian army launched a heavy attack on pro-russian forces. they shot two ukranian helicopters. ukranians say the military access was a pre-emptive strike. in washington president obama, german chancellor angela merkel held talks on the crisis and in front of reporters the two leaders threatened sanctions against russia. we have reporters in ukraine and capitals around the world tracking the military and diplomatic developments. we start with al jazeera's jonah hall in donetsk. >> reporter: video posted on the internet purports to show what the residents of slovyansk and the pro-russian separatists that made the city their base woke to at dawn. the ukrainian army launched what it described as a large-scale anti-terror organization. the
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 2:00pm EDT
is that this meeting was called by the russians, and it's pretty clear to me that now with russia being attacked by many countries around the world, russia seems to have a pretty consistent diplomatic strategy and that is attack is the best form of defense. hence they called this meeting, pa the russian ambassador who said it was ukraine that was violating the agreement reached in geneva in april. >> the white house is now insulted by our appeal to the kiev government to withdraw forces. before washington had requested elected president victor jankovic to not use force against its people. it's very strange logic that now force can be used against civilians. >> reporter: and he went on to say that he wanted his western colleagues to think twice about their policies. >>> president barack obama has met his german counterpart in washington, d.c. today. >> if we see the destabilization continuing so severely that impedes elections on may 25th, we will not have a choice but to move forward with additional, more severe sanctions, and the consultations have been taking place over the course of the last
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 1:00pm EDT
are following for you. a meeting of the minds with german and the white house. and russia calling for an emergency meeting of the un security council. and a massive mud slide in afghanistan, the death toll could be in the thousands. ♪ >>> they stand united. that was the word from washington today as the president and germany's chancellor briefed reporters on the white house lawn. it was the first visit by angela merkel to the white house in three years, the two leaders discussing a wide range of issues talking about the crisis in ukraine and the nsa spy scandal that reported that perhaps her phone might have been tapped by the nsa. libby casey joins us by phone. and they seemed to be speaking from the same script. >> that's right, del. and one of the goals of this would be to portray a united front. the question is where do these countries go from here in terms of sanctions. even the new round of sanctions took a while to hammer out. and you could tell there are some differences when it comes to germany's goals and the u.s. goals in terms of how deep sanctions could or should go
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 12:00pm EDT
of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stopped short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry. trade between the two countries amounted to $100 billion last year. >> we work very closely with russia. we are to some extent even dependant on russia gas, so for that reason we are hesitant to put more pressure on russia. >> reporter: foreign policy analyst mark fisher says the white house sees merkel as a possible bridge. >> she is the link of communication with putin right now. in that respect, being here in washington the day after she just talked to putin, it's very important for symbolic and political reasons. we're not so hot blooded so chancellor merkel is someone on the german scene and europe yoon political scene who likes to lead by consensus. >> reporter: that cool demeanor may keep the german chancellor from hitting president obama with a scathing public critique of the nsa monitoring her private calls. >> she will say very clearly that she is disappointed, but she will do that behind closed doors. she will talk very openly, i think to president obama about this issue, but she
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 11:30am EDT
in the next few minutes. one being the crisis in ukraine. much of it's a exports come from russia. and the eavesdropping on angela merkel's phone. libby casey joins us by phone right now. and libby, you have been tracking the developments that have been taking place. this is not going to be as smooth sailing as many hoped. >> reporter: good morning, del, as i talked to the german reporters, and we're talking about political scientists and scroll lars as well. they say that angela merkel is a very polite leader. don't expect her to throw our fireworks live. but they said she will be speaking intense words behind closed doors to president obama over concerns not just about what happened prior, but also the obama administration's reluctance, unwillingness to turn over her nsa files to the german government. it does not look like we'll be seeing any development in an intelligence sharing or no spy arrangement that is something some hoped could happen but it does not look possible. the u.s. does not see a lot of value in the intelligence that germany could offer. so we may see some war
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 11:00am EDT
of the city is, and unclear also what it plans to do next. >>> meanwhile russia has called for an emergency meeting at the un security council. the best hope for ukraine could come from meeting taking place in washington. today angela merkel is making her first visit to the white house since the nsa scandal broke. libby casey has more. ♪ >> reporter: president obama and chancell chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the white house. >> they will say publicly we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> reporter: the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stopped short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry. trade between the two countries amounted to $100 billion last year. >> we work very closely with russia, we are to some extent even dependant on russian gas, so we're hesitant to put more pressure on russia. >> reporter: since the start of the ukraine crisis, chancellor merkel has spoken more than any other word leader with president putin. >> she right now is
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 10:00am EDT
the extraction forces, rescue forces killed as well because in a russia to do something, you rush to failure. that's a cardinal rule in the military you don't make that kind of mistake. you soberly, quickly and as rapidly as possible address the situation but don't just run over the top of the heal because something. killed. >> mark and antonio, if you listen closely alleges later to lovell's own testimony upon interrogation by congressman colley, he said something -- conley when he was different, said given the resources we had at the time, could we have stopped this? no. no. >> that's sort of one of the three key questions in all of this, i think. a, was there adequate security at that place? b, given the resources, could we have stopped it and, 3, had we, the white house, been lying? i think it's the concenof fire mind would folks there was insufficient security but there was, you know, no trail of desseat, no cover-up and given the minimal resources they could not have stopped this the minimal resources they could not have stopped this. >> let's talk to jay -- listen to jay carney talkin
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 9:00am EDT
agreements signed by ukraine and russia last month. they included stepping which both sides would take to diffuse tensions in southeastern ukraine. at the same time, the foreign ministry has been saying in the last 24 hours, warning that the kiev government was going to take military strikes against, quote, its own people. the upper house of parliament here in moscow, senior members there, have been saying on friday that this proves that the international community has been naive about the kiev government when they believe that they are a democratic bunch of people. they, painting the events in slaviansk and other places as an attempt by the ukrainian military to attack civilians. we know that vladimir putin has sent a spokesman to the southeast of ukraine to try to help with negotiations to get the release of observers from the organization for security and cooperation in europe. we haven't heard about exactly where they are being held or how they are in the last few days. they were seized last week. but it's not clear whether the military operations on friday are going to help or hin
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 7:00am EDT
. reports from inside suggest that it is tension but calm. >> okay, johnna hull -- engineers. >> russia and ukraine had both promised to deescalate tensions in ukraine as part of a deal. >> angela merkel set to meet with president obama. the crisis in ukraine and the stepped up sanctions against russia expected to top the agenda as libby casey reports, this is her first visit to washington since it was revealed that the inform sa was listening in on her conversations >> reporter: president obama and chancellor merkel will meet for four hours at the whitehouse as both leaders wrestle with how far to push russia. >> they will say we have to go together and when it comes to ukraine, we have to work together to put more pressure on putin. but the interests are different. >> the latest round of sanctions by the u.s. and european union stop short of hitting russia's oil and gas industry, an industry german is tied to. trade between the two countries amounted to $100,000,000,000 last year. >> we work closely with russia. we are to some extent even dependent on russian gas. for that reason, we
Al Jazeera America
May 2, 2014 6:00am EDT
in the case against the leader jerry adams. ♪ but first russia's president putin criticized ukraine for launching what we calls a punitive operation in the east of the country. kiev says it's blockading the town as part of an antiterrorist operation and ukraine defense ministry say pro-russian separatist shot down two of its helicopters in the region and pro-russia groups are now occupying government offices in several other towns and on wednesday they seized government offices and pro-russia separatists taken over government buildings and captured cancelled buildings and on thursday they took over the prosecutor's office in donsq. we have two correspondents covering the story and we will bet the russia reaction and we will go to eastern ukraine, this is a moving story, jona and bring us up to date with the latest situation report. >> reporter: it is indeed a moving story steve and it began about 4:30 a.m. outside when units of the ukrainian army appeared to launch the next phase in what kiev said was and antiterrorist operation and has been going on for weeks now with the army and
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 8:00pm EDT
, i'm ali velshi, sayonara. rocked by a latests yeah explosion. crisis in ukraine, russia's grip now tied with the east, and the nato leader now calls the emelin an enemy. >> may day demands angry crowds across the globe, choose today to take to the streets. from the ashes how a crack down on the taliban is creating new opportunities for young pakistanis. and the silk solution, new medical possibilities using web fighters fibers from spiders and goats. >> . >> we begin with ex-treatment violence late today, at least dozen people killed in an explosion just outside the capitol. witnesses say a car bomb went off near the check point. no one has claimed responsibility but the armed group has targeted the city before in it's fight against western influence, a rough francelation means western education is forbidden. tonight's attacks come two weeks after suspected boca gunman kidnapped 200 nigerian school girls. >> what we know speaking to the authorities is that there was a vehicle that was apparently layden with explosives that went off not far from a check point that was been manned by
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 7:00pm EDT
show for today, i'm ali velshi, sayonara. rocked by a latests yeah explosion. crisis in ukraine, russia's grip now tied with the east, and the nato leader now calls the emelin an enemy. >> may day demands angry crowds across the globe, choose today to take to the streets. from the ashes how a crack down on the taliban is creatingew
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 6:00pm EDT
weather. in ukraine, the fears are growing from russian invasion. as the threatens rhetoric from russia's president gets louder. in seattle, the mayor announce as plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, the high nest the united states. and there are new images of toronto mayor rob ford, allegedly doing drugs yet again, ford says he is headed to rehab, won't talk to the leading challenger running against him, for mayor. >> for the first time in a few days the sun is shining here in the east coast, and communities in a dozen states are finally drying out and cleaning up. the stomps along the eastern seaboard were brutal. and philadelphia several inches of rain said rivers and streams over their banks, crews had to make their way through flooding streets. in maryland half way through baltimore, hundreds of people were told to evacuate after heavy rain flooded streets. authorities opened up nearby dams to prevent more flooding. and in florida a bay bay is one of hundreds of people rescued in pensacola. meanwhile, florida investigators are trying to determine if the heavy rains
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 5:30pm EDT
rhetoric from russia's president gets louder. in seattle, the mayor announce as plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, the high nest the united states.
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 4:00pm EDT
the military out there in the east might provide a pretext for russia to cross the border with it's own troops. that said, it is a powerful statement from the kiev administration, that it is not going to allow the east simply to slip away. >> what more do we know about the violence and controlling the violence in the east? >> well, it's been -- as i say, a public holiday, that has meant that people aren't at work, in the east it has given them ample opportunity, there have been peaceful protests. which has been previous hot bed of unrest, there was a large but peaceful protest today. but that said, there have been demonstrations which have effectively taking more billings in several cities up there in the east, and the biggest was in a place called dunat. the sheer numbers and the violence that they were prepared to use, overwhelmed those riot police, they were stripped of their riot shields and they protective equipment, they were marched rather embarrassingly through a gauntlet of protestor and is demonstrators are very clearly in control of several buildings now. >> very difficult situation
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 2:00pm EDT
. to the pro russia insurgency. along with ukraine. paul joining us live from kiev, tell us more, paul. >> good evening, david, the aannouncement was made today, public bank holiday took many people by surprise, although the parliament here voted in a closed session earlier last month. april, to bring this in, urging the president to actually do it. well, the president alexandar has done it, he put it out in his official grass debt. an official publication, a decree saying that men between the aimings of 18 and 25 of graduate level plus those who are graduated and with military training already, will be now subject to serving at least two years of national service within the ukrainian military. the decree as you say, comes into effect immediately. what is not clear whether they will start joining immediately, or wait for the autumn intake. it was originally scrapped under president he passed in 20 think teen. so this year was scrapped. now it has been introssed by the interim president, and directly in events in the east. it said as much, it was given the situation in the east and the south. ba
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May 1, 2014 1:00pm EDT
are demanding access to jobs and higher wages. in russia, tens of thousands marching through red square. it is the first such display of the soviet era ceremony. may day protestors also in the streets of indonesia. demonstrators say the peers in thailand have better living standards than they do. and in istanbul turkey, demonstrators clashing with police, police fired tier gas at the crowd near the historic square. protestors wanted to hold their rallies there, but were told no. more on the violence that followed. >> demonstrators and police have clashed in several neighborhoods. demonstrators tried to march to the square, the police prevented them using tier gas and water call nones. the government is preventing unions from using squares that a venue for the may day rally. distake right to demonstrateever and whenever they want. this is part of an on going struggle in this. there is not just about a may day rally, the government does have it's critics. it was democratically elected, it has won the local elections but it's critics believe it has been abusing it's power. nose who have ta
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 11:00am EDT
. angela merkel will talk about the possibilities of sanctions with russia. >> in pakistan, the taliban has frequently targeted girls a schools in the north. more than 400 schools have been destroyed by that group. but since they have pushed the taliban out, more than 300 of them have been rebuilt. >> this footage captures the moment the taliban bombed the school. during the two years the armed group ruled the northern region, it destroyed more than 400 schools, many of them for girls. the reason the group said at the time was simple. the primary and secondary institutions were providing education that was too western, and non-islamic. today, the situation is very different. after the taliban was pushed out of the area by the military in 2009, more than 350 schools have been reconstructed with the help of foreign governments and international aid agencies. she's in the tenth grade. and she's happy to be back in the classroom. >> when the taliban was in control, they made us so afraid. i didn't go to school for two years. now they are gone, and we can get an education without fear. >> report
Al Jazeera America
May 1, 2014 10:00am EDT
federation has a monopoly of information within russia so it's harder for the truth to get back into russia. but it's not hard to get into ukraine. pretty much everyone in ukraine understands what's happening. as you said earlier, this is not a matter of whether the russians will invade ukraine. ukraine. >> what is putin's goal to create chaos, to make the elections a failure or is he trying to execute this putin doctrine of intervening wherever he thinks ethnic russians are threatened and create a new russian block endowmented by russia? >> all of the above. the first two things you mentioned, as you know and your viewers know there is a very important election coming up on the 25th may that is supposed to give all of the citizens of the supposedly independent sovereign state of ukraine a chance to elect a government to replace the extraordinarily corrupt and brutal regime that was really -- doesn't even deserve to be called a government at the end, of former president yanukovych. and what putin is trying to do is make sure that doesn't happen. that he can disrupt enough of the ukraine geo
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May 1, 2014 9:00am EDT
. >> still ahead, russia says the ukrainian army must leave the southeastern cities. we'll be live in moscow. >> venezuela announced a 30% pay hike on may day. we'll tell you why not everyone's happy about it. >> in brazil, despite recent criticism from a top olympic committee official, brass still says it will be ready for the olympics. >> russian penalty vladimir putin has tolding a america that the ukrainian army must quit the southeast of the country, the kremlin said that putin made the comment in a phone call at the german chancellor thursday. we are joined live from moscow. tough talk from putin there, even as ukraine detains the russian defense attache in key every, likely to exacerbate the situation even further. >> that's right. that detention comes, of course amid a war of words, but not only that, between ukraine and russia, but it wasn't only vladimir putin making demands in that phone call, chancellor merkel would like to see vladimir putin help to obtain the release of foreign monitors held by separatist forces in the east of ukraine. at the same time, russia's foreign ministe
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May 1, 2014 7:00am EDT
at the ethnic minty that says the government limits their religion and culture. >> russia's military attache detained in kiev as a spy for moscow. the government is helpless against militias taking away government buildings. the military is on full alert for a possible russian invasion. we are in donetsk, eastern ukraine. what can you tell us about the expulsion of this military attache? >> we don't have much details except for what the interim government said in kiev, that he had gone beyond his mandate as a diplomat in this country and carried out duties that looked more like espionage rather than diplomacy. he has been expelled but no deadline given to leave the country. we don't knee if he is still here or actually left. nor have we heard comments from moscow. >> officials said they believe some of the militants in the east are being coordinated and funded by moscow he. are you seeing changes on the ground where you are in donetsk that would suggest a full scale invasion by russian forces is possible or imminent? >> well, the changes we're seeing on the ground are that more and more buil
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May 1, 2014 6:00am EDT
didn't want the change of government, wanted to stay with russia and perhaps enjoy cheaper gas from russia, and some financial assistance. i have to stress that this reform that i.m.f. is recommending, they are long overdue. if ukraine is interested in rebalancing the economy, putting it on healthy basis, they have to do it. they have to go through this main of the measures. they may have to. but can they. as i said, they have to. at the same time unfortunately these measures come at the worst time politically. if we take another country where the government is exceptionally popular and there's national unity, the measures could make any government unstable, let alone the ukrainian interim government where parts of the country are not under the control of the central authorities, so the issue of ability, the capability of the central government to carry out the reforms is the big question. we need to see whether they would be able to stick to their commitments taken under 30 april agreement with the i.m.f. >> it's interesting. it's a whole crisis in ukraine sparked by a rejection o
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May 1, 2014 5:00am EDT
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